Mark has a for dis­tribu the fes­tive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countdown - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­

ASH­FORD’S Sal­va­tion Army is en­cour­ag­ing those in need to get in touch. Of­fi­cers and vol­un­teers are col­lect­ing Christ­mas presents, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren, and are happy to hear from those fam­i­lies who could ben­e­fit from such presents through the Car­ing for Christ­mas ap­peal, which is backed by the Ken­tish Ex­press. Lieu­tenant Mark Scott of the Cud­worth Road-based branch said: “If you feel in need, let us know. “If you are a fam­ily that is go­ing to be without presents for the chil­dren this Christ­mas, con­tact us.” Peo­ple have been drop­ping off presents at Su­per­drug in County Square and the Ken­tish Ex­press of­fice in North Street. Mark added: “Val Barkley went to col­lect some do­na­tions from the KE of­fice the other day and was de­lighted with what she got.” While more do­na­tions are wel­come – es­pe­cially good qual­ity chil­dren’s toys, as well as tinned food for older peo­ple – Mark, his wife Emma and their fel­low of­fi­cers and vol­un­teers are keen to hear from those peo­ple so far un­known to them. Mark said: “We are not min­dread­ers. Un­less peo­ple let us know, we can­not give th­ese presents out.” The Sal­va­tion Army is also invit­ing those who would like to at­tend a free Christ­mas Day lunch at the South Willes­bor­ough HQ get in touch. To con­tact the Sal­va­tion Army ring 01233 643480 or email mark. tt@sal­va­tion­

The Sal­va­tion Army is host­ing fund-rais­ing auc­tion at Ash­ford’s East Stour school to­mor­row (Fri­day) from 7.45pm. A host of sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia will be up for grabs, as well as a year’s sup­ply of Green & Black

Wrap record? Mark Scott with year’s Christ­mas cam­paign

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